Thu Van Tran - Mountains are like the bones of the earth.Water is its blood.
Meessen De Clercq welcomes Thu Van Tran for her third solo show at the gallery. Following her remarkable intervention at the 2017Venice Biennale, ThuVanTran puts up once again on postcolonial matter and calls out the visitor throughout a consistent body of works.
The exhibition, titled Mountains are like the bones of the earth. Water is its blood., brings together a video, tarpaulin used for advertising brought from Ho Chi Minh City, photo- graphs and sculptures: “Following the 1931 colonial exhibition, a monument raised in 1920 in honor to the city of Paris ‘to the glory of the French colonial spread’, was placed before the Museum of the Colonies. More recently, the group of statues was moved in the Tropical Gardens of Paris (Nogent-sur-Marne). In this tropical garden, the vanishing fragmented monument recalls the decline of the colonial empire: the leg of the cock is now missing, fungus is eating up the faces of the Republic, the stone is covered in moss, ... What matters to me, is to mold the feet of the Republic, and the black and white photographs will disclose the scope of the vestige.A video will enhance the sculpture, which unveils a fragment of history - significant and cumbersome, as the substance (stone) suggests. It will also show the contemporary taking over of the garden, displaying how some people act in the present towards to the past history of the site.” (Notes, Thu Van Tran, Summer 2017), translated in Brussels.